U.S. soybean harvest expected to beat forecast

URBANA — Soybean prices have declined the last two months, and prices could go either way in coming months, University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good said.

Soybean prices reached a peak on Sept. 4, when November futures traded for $17.89 a bushel, Good said in a UI press release. The price has since declined to the $15-a-bushel range.

Ford County leases farmland for highest rent ever

PAXTON — Farmland owned by Ford County will be leased for the next two years for the highest amount ever.

At a public auction this week, cash-rent leases for three county-owned farms were awarded for a total of $122,860 per year — an increase of $34,740 from the winning bids from two years ago.

Corn prices have dairy cows getting taste of Bud

URBANA — The cows here are eating the stuff that's used in beer-making. But don't expect your child to be growing a taste for Budweiser.

Byproducts from Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis just come a lot cheaper than corn at its high post-drought prices. The University of Illinois is also working with cotton byproducts in its dairy farms south of Urbana.

Business roundup: Manager chosen for Stone Creek course

URBANA — Northbrook-based KemperSports has been chosen by The Atkins Group to manage Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana.

KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events.

"Where Does Our Food Come From?"


More than 500 kindergarteners attended a field trip centered around the theme "Where Does Our Food Come From?" at Parkland College in Champaign on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The event was hosted by Earth Partners in cooperation with Parkland College and the Champaign County Farm Bureau.

UI analysts to study soil nitrate samples

URBANA — Illinois researchers are launching a project to inventory soil nitrate levels in hopes of fine-tuning nitrogen recommendations for 2013 crops.

They're asking ag retailers and certified crop advisers to collect soil samples from customers' fields and submit them for testing.

'HungerU' exhibit on UI campus one more day

URBANA — A touring exhibit sponsored by the Farm Journal Foundation will remain at the University of Illinois Tuesday before moving to Purdue University.

The interactive display — called "HungerU" — shows how hunger affects people around the world. Specifically, it details how various nations rate in terms of food accessibility, affordability, quality and safety.

UI student honored at White House for FFA leadership

A University of Illinois sophomore and Gibson City native was honored at the White House this week for his work to encourage students and future leaders to serve the community.

Jacob Dickey and 11 other 4-H and FFA members were named "Champions of Change" as part of a White House program to recognize ordinary Americans who are making a difference in their communities.

Vet-Med Open House 2012

The University of Illinois Annual Vet-Med open house on UI campus in Urbana on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

Prospective produce growers apply for UI startup program starting this December

URBANA — Terry Neutz Hayden and her husband hope to nurture orchards and a berry farm on 17 acres north of Monticello that they bought five years ago.

Although they've already planted apple trees, cherry trees, blueberries and other fruit, Hayden would be among the first to admit she has a lot to learn about fruit farming.